It's been a very active Spring Semester at the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Here are the highlights and a glimpse at what Summer 2018 has in store.
Editor: I. Tsioutsioumi
Student Innovators Competition (SINN2018) - May 4 2018
C4E Elective Courses ΚΕΠ101 and ΚΕΠ102
During the Spring Semester of 2018, C4E run two courses on entrepreneurship: Lecture Series on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (ΚΕΠ101) and Group Project in Entrepreneurship (ΚΕΠ102). The courses were well attended and provided the opportunity for students to follow experienced speakers from the Cyprus and regional ecosystem giving seminars on Key Financial Principles, IP law / Commercializing IP, Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, How to create and manage your startup business, the Value Proposition Canvas and more. More information here
Makerspace project proposal by UCY students
Within the course of ΚΕΠ 102: Special Seminars in Entrepreneurship, three students have worked as a team to make a proposal for the design and organization of the C4E Makerspace. The students are Efthymiou Marina from Department of Architecture, Koliarou Evanthia from the Department of Economics and Karapatzaki Paraskevi from Department of Accounting and Finance. The team have done an in-depth work that included research and a questionnaire to examine the needs of the UCY student community in regards with the Makerspace as well and what the information they had about it. Their primary goal was to design a functional space (makerspace) and arrange the placement of every tool, machinery and activity. The team presented a comprehensive proposal with a floor plan design and an implementation plan that included: Makespace operation and development plan, a budget proposal and a new logo.
C4E is featured in the new HEInnovate study published by Empirica, Bonn, Germany. HEInnovate is an initiative of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture and the OECD LEED Forum, and supported by a panel of six independent experts. HEInnovate is a free self-assessment tool for all types of higher education institution. This case study was prepared by Dr. Stefan Lilischkis from Empirica, through collection and analysis of broad documentation about C4E and interviews with key representatives from C4E. The status of information provided in this case study is December 2017.
The full report is published here
C4E Organised two training seminars by two leading experts in Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Intellectual Property commercialisation: Dr Tatiani Synodinou, Associate Professor at the Department of Law, University of Cyprus, and Mr Nick Kounoupias, a UK solicitor and acknowledged pioneer in the international IP world.
IP law, practice and procedures Commercializing the IP - February 7 2018
Nick Kounoupias, a UK solicitor
- How to identify, monetise, manage and protect IP
- Understanding the Different Forms of Intellectual Property – protecting each category
- Protecting Trade Secrets-confidential information using Non-Disclosure Agreements
- What to watch out in IPR provisions in contracts
More information here
Intellectual property law and entrepreneurship - April 25 2018
Tatiani Synodinou, Associate Professor at the Department of Law
Development of basic concepts of copyright with emphasis on issues related to entrepreneurs (conditions of protection, joint creation, works of wage earners)
More information here
Alexis Komselis Director of ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development in ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece and VentureGarden Athens Director was at the University of Cyprus and gave a lecture and a workshop on The Value Proposition canvas. The first day of the training was the 'Class' on Identifying and analyzing the ‘Value Proposition’ as a tool that helps early stage entrepreneurs address this challenge and link it to their overall business model. The session addressed customer discovery tools and mechanisms that can help entrepreneurs understand what their potential customers need and how they can best communicate it to their customers. The second day where at the Workshop, teams had the opportunity to work on their own ideas/projects, discuss and present the value proposition. Alexis Komselis said that what he enjoyed most about the training was the commitment of the people and variety of ideas For extended information follow this link
This new Unit is active since January 2018 and functions under the Research Support Service of the University of Cyprus managing the Innovation related activities of the University and the commercialisation of the University’s exploitable research results. The activities of the unit span from the identification and evaluation of potentially valuable intellectual property, as early as from the development of research, the appropriate protection and selection of the best mode of exploitation and the transfer of technology and knowledge to the business and industrial sectors and society. Exploitation can be done, inter alia, through: a) research contracts and the provision of specialised high added value services to companies and organizations, b) licensing of intellectual property to third parties and c) creation of spin-off and start-up firms.
The unit collaborates closely with C4E for the provision of acceleration and incubation services for the creation of University spin-off firms as well as for awareness actions and the provision of education services to the university community regarding the protection and commercialization of intellectual property. In the next coming months, the Innovation Management Unit will undertake the process for recording the exploitable research results / IP of UCY and will start planning one-to- one visits to research centers, labs and teams. This activity will be performed within the framework of the cooperation with C4E and will be directed by Dr. Anastasia Constantinou Head of the Unit.
Daniil Sourianos – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2017 Participant
M.Sc Electrical Engineer Student (University of Cyprus)
|Giouliana Kalaitzidou – C4E Young Scholar, EIA 2017 Participant
University of Cyprus Department of Computer Science Graduate 2017